Registration Information

How to Register:

Class sizes are limited to the volunteer instructor’s prefered class sizes. While we do take registrations up to the date of the class start date, registration by the lottery deadline date of 4 p.m., Monday, December 16 (see LOTTERY below) helps to ensure you have the best chance of getting into the class(es) you want. You may register for classes by:

1. Online: Visit, and navigate to the Winter Program pages (found under the Classes tab at the top) for a complete listing of winter classes. Click on the class title for full class descriptions and to register.

2. Mail: Complete the registration form and mail, along with full payment, to The Clearing, P.O. Box 65, Ellison Bay, WI 54210.

3. In Person: Visit The Clearing and sign up for Winter Program classes. Even better, sign up while enjoying some holiday cheer at one of our open house events. Simply bring the registration form and payment to The Clearing Christmas Open House on December 12 & 13 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


While some classes fill, most do not. Classes for which there are more registrations than available space will be lotteried. This means that the name of everyone registered for an overfull class will have their name placed in a “hat”. Names will be randomly drawn from the “hat” and added to that class until we arrive at the maximum number of students the instructor has set. Names that are not drawn are placed on a waiting list for that class, and will not be charged tuition until/unless they later get into the class.

To ensure you will be included in the lottery, your registration MUST be received by Monday, December 16 at 4 p.m. We work with each instructor to establish the maximum number of students for their class. Some instructors are able, if their class fills, to offer an extra class section, but most are not. Please understand that although we do all we can to accommodate as many students as we can in each class, some classes will fill and we have to use the lottery system for those classes.

Confirmation of Your Registration Status:

You will receive a letter or email five or six days after the December 16 lottery date or the date you registered, if later than the lottery deadline date, confirming which classes you got into and which ones you did not get into and were subsequently, automatically placed on a wait list.

Fees and Pricing:

Information on fees and pricing is listed at the end of each class description. Some classes require an additional materials, facility or shop fee. These are noted at the end of the class descriptions.

Friends of The Clearing Discount:

Members of the Friends of The Clearing receive a 10% discount on the tuition part of all Winter Program classes. The discount does not apply to materials, facility or shop fees. Click here for more information on becoming a Friend of The Clearing.

Friends of The Clearing Life Members:

Friends of The Clearing Life Member registrations received prior to the December 16 lottery deadline are exempt from the lottery. However, if a class fills with Life Members before the lottery deadline, a separate lottery for Life Members will be held for that class. After the lottery, all registrations will be assigned to open classes on a first-come, space-available basis. If you are a Life Member, please be sure to check the Life Member box on the registration form. Click here for more information on becoming a Life member of Friends of The Clearing.

Scandia Residents:

The tuition portion of the registration fee is waived for Scandia residents who take any Clearing class held at Scandia. Scandia residents must register with The Clearing, are subject to the lottery procedure for over-subscribed classes (see LOTTERY section above) and must pay for any materials fees as noted in the class description.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds are available only if you are unable to get into the class(es) of your choice or if The Clearing cancels a class in cooperation with or at the request of the instructor. No other refunds will be issued. There are no discounts or refunds for missed class sessions. The Clearing will begin processing refunds for lotteried classes the second week of classes.

Severe Weather:

During severe weather, view WBAY, channel 2 (this seems to be the most consistent TV source for Gibraltar school’s status) or listen to WDOR, 910 AM/93.9 FM. If Gibraltar Schools are cancelled, all Clearing class sessions for that day are cancelled. If Gibraltar Schools have a late start, morning class sessions for that day at The Clearing are cancelled, afternoon class sessions will be held and full day classes will have the same delay as Gibraltar. If in doubt, please call The Clearing at 920-854-4088. Do not call Gibraltar Schools.

If class sessions are cancelled due to severe weather, make-up sessions (if any) will be coordinated between the instructor and The Clearing.

Note: If all Clearing class sessions are cancelled on the day of a potluck, the potluck is also cancelled. If afternoon class sessions at The Clearing are cancelled, the potluck is also cancelled. If only morning class sessions are cancelled, the potluck will be held. If in doubt, call The Clearing at 854-4088.

Potluck Notes:

Can you help at the Taste of The Clearing potlucks? Please check your registration form for information on volunteer opportunities at these fun events.

Please remember to bring a dish to pass that feeds 8-10 people, your own place
setting and a plastic bag for your soiled dishes and utensils.

Note about cancellations: If all Clearing class sessions are cancelled on the day of a potluck, the potluck is also cancelled. If afternoon class sessions at The Clearing are cancelled, the potluck is also cancelled. If only morning class sessions are cancelled, the potluck will be held. If in doubt, call The Clearing.

Helpful Things to Remember:

Keep your catalog handy! It will help answer many of your questions.

Drive slowly at The Clearing. We sand the roads when conditions warrant it, but
nothing helps as much as slowing down, especially on the curves! Most of the roads through The Clearing are one-way. Please follow the exit signs from the parking areas. The “spur” roads off the main campus road, are two-way so please be on the lookout for others who may be coming from the other direction. Online maps and directions are always available at, mouse over the About Us tab for a pull down menu, look for Maps & Directions and click on it.

Trails and roads at The Clearing can be uneven and rough in places. Be sure to wear appropriate winter clothing and sturdy footwear.

The Clearing takes registrations up to the start date of a class. If a class is full, wait lists are established and utilized to maximize participation in the case of someone else dropping from a class.

Buildings and Grounds:

The Clearing is a rustic, natural place. The paths around buildings are flagstone. Paths in the woods and meadows and along the escarpment cliff are bare soil or have a sawdust or wood chip surface. Rocks and tree roots are at the surface in some areas on these paths, so care should be taken when walking. Good walking shoes and a walking stick are helpful.

Although The Clearing has made many improvements with regard to making the buildings and grounds more accessible for those with physical disabilities, some people may have issues related to accessibility. Please call The Clearing to discuss any concerns you have regarding accessibility.

Admission Policy:

Students should be at least 18 years old to attend classes at The Clearing. All students are welcome at The Clearing regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.

Office and Jens Jensen Visitor Center Hours:

Weekdays 8 – 4

Note: The Clearing office is also closed on December 24, 25, 31 & January 1.